iMac as a TV

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by acrobat, Jan 31, 2004.

  1. acrobat macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2003
    i just bought a 20" iMac with all the upgrades and was wondering...

    1. what kind of tuner would best be used for watching TV on it?

    2. what kind of quality would i get out of it for TV use?

    it just seems to me that if you have a 20" widescreen LCD monitor, you should be able to watch TV on it! let the feedback begin....

    thank you!
  2. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Check these out, for an all-in-one solution.


    this for simple TV-viewing on your Mac.

    I confess I have zero experience with them, so I cannot judge quality.
    Maybe someone else tried these?

    I do agree, if you such a beautiful display, you should use at as much as possible!

    Have fun with your iMac!
  3. vitrector macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2002
    I have a Dazzle firewire converter (DV/analog) and can watch TV within iMovie when set to import mode (I have a cable box and Tivo, so i don't need a tuner). I have not yet figured out how to get the TV video full screen...
    Anyone know of any applicaions that are inexpensive?

  4. melonloco51 macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2004
    i also have a 20" imac and use it as a tv every once in a while. you should try eyetv by elgato software.

    the original eyetv allows for full screen vieweing although at a lower than ideal resolution as it uses usb to transmit the video signal. still, it works very well.

    in addition, the company just introduced a firewire version of eyetv that even comes with a remote control!

    look it up at good luck!
  5. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
  6. Chaszmyr macrumors 601


    Aug 9, 2002
    In my mind, The best of the best right now is the EyeTV 200, by El Gato
  7. vitrector macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2002
    thanks for the link, i tried vidi, but it does not run on my lombard pb.
    anyone know of a similar program?

    i have also found btv at versiontracker, and it seems ok, but not sure if it is the best one, and before i pay, i would like to know there isn't something nicer....
  8. Kingsnapped macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Fair warning, don't expect to make this a full television replacement. The lag that these devices cause don't matter for TV viewing, but make gaming pretty trickey.

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